Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Ljubljana International Orchestra, Branimir Slokar Academy
C. Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
H. Dutilleux: Métaboles
C. Debussy: Jeux
I. Stravinsky: Petrouchka (version 1947)
Its string section has been called “velvety”, the sound of the brass “golden”, the timbre of the woodwinds “distinctly personal” and the percussion have an international reputation – these are the attributes of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, one of the world’s finest orchestras. In the opinion of many connoisseurs, the acoustics of its home venue, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, are the best in the world. As well as 80 concerts performed here, the RCO gives 40 concerts at leading concert halls throughout the world each year. Since its foundation in 1888, the orchestra has been led by a succession of outstanding conductors, among them famous composers such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. With effect from the 2016/17 season, the chief conductor of the RCO is Daniele Gatti, who until this year was the music director of the Orchestre National de France. Before that he served as principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, chief conductor of the Zurich Opera, music director of the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale in Bologna and principal conductor of the Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, among other appointments. Together with the RCO he will present a programme of remarkable colour, frequent changes of tempo and unconventional musical forms and harmonies. The programme includes two works originally written to accompany ballets (Jeux and Petrushka) that were premiered in the early twentieth century by Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes, featuring the legendary dancer and choreographer Nijinsky.
The honorary sponsor is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands H. E. Mr Bart Twaalfhoven.